We haven't had an interview on here for a bit, so here's Jamie Barnes, a local lad (well almost) who makes lovely architectural prints.
Over to you JamieMy background is as a Curator. I have been working in art galleries and museums throughout Cumbria and North Lancs for the last 15 years and I studied Art History at University. I have always been around art and artists, and I have always been keen on drawing, but I only got serious about making my own artwork about 4 years ago.
I work from the front parlour of my house. If I can get at least a half day for making art, then I will bring out a reference photograph I have taken or work on an image from my imagination which I have been thinking about for a long time. Using this imagery I will make a printmaking plate and try to end the day by making a test print or short edition on my etching press.
My biggest inspiration is from looking at manmade structures and industrial-type buildings set in the rural landscape. At the moment I am commuting a lot between Kendal and Penrith in Cumbria and I am taking a lot of inspiration from the area on and around Shap summit. I think this interest may lead to a printmaking exhibition next year.
Working with artists as a Curator on a daily basis gives me the fantastic opportunity to ask them questions about how they work, and this inevitably feeds into my knowledge and understanding. Also, I am very inspired by the Fellside neighbourhood of Kendal where I live and how the houses are stacked up the hillside.
I am taking part in C-Art Cumbria Artists Open Studios 1-16 Sept this year and Green Door Art Trail 5-7 October. I am also about to launch a range of new greetings cards based on my fantastical illustrations of buildings.
Thanks JamieSo if you live near enough, or if you're holidaying in or near Cumbria this September/October, why not come and take a look. (Click through the links within the text for more information).
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